Hey Peeps! The best part of our job is getting out of the studio and into the community all around the Beltway. We’ve made great friends and collected memories along the way. Each month we’ll share our travels and look ahead to upcoming adventures you should have on your calendar.
The best things we did in May and June
• Attending the Best Buddies Prom on May 13
Best Buddies Prom is a party that raises money for the programs of Best Buddies Capital Region and celebrates the friendships formed all around the Beltway. Giving students with intellectual disabilities and their ‘Best Buddies’ a dance party like no other is just one of the smile inducing side effects of Best Buddies Prom. This year over 400 students and 300 adults, including Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz and the newly crowned Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, gathered at the Carnegie Library for an evening of inclusion and friendship.
• Watching Rachel Platten Kick off the Summer Concert Series with Tysons Corner Center and 94.7 Fresh FM on June 10
As part of the Summer Concert series at Tyson’s Corner Center, artists like Magic!, Andy Grammer, and Gavin DeGraw perform every weekend.
A crowd of over 2,000 packed the elevated plaza for the Fight Song singer Rachel Platten, who took the stage for the free sunset concert; but this night was particularly special for the Gilette Family, who lost their daughter Avery to brain cancer. Rachel Platten’s Stand By You has become a family anthem.
Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis, and Jen Richer of The Tommy Show, the hosts of the evening, introduced the family to the crowd and by the end of the night Rachel and her fans had rallied around the family, leaving them with a night they’d never forget.
• Seeing the Legwarmers at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach on June 24
A regular booking at Falls Church’s State Theatre, Washington ’80s cover band the Legwarmers hit the road to the Rusty Rudder and performed two sets with Rehoboth Bay in the background. This band is known to attract fans of all ages, and there’s always a festive crowd dressed in ’80s attire. Singing covers from the Go Go’s, Guns N’ Roses, Madonna, and Bon Jovi along with songs like “Walking on Sunshine,” “Come On Eileen,” and “867-5309/Jenny,” the Legwarmers have a song ready for any ’80s lover. Be sure to catch them July 30 at the State Theatre.
• Going to the Nationals game and launch of the new “Homeplate Tailgate” party section on June 27
The Washington Nationals launched the Homeplate Tailgate, a new party rental space just inside the home plate gate at the Park. Tented seating fits 75-125 people, and the party, which includes food, beer, wine, and a right field corner ticket to the game, begins one-and-a-half-hours before first pitch. The Tommy Show hosted their “Fresh Family’ to celebrate their five-year anniversary on the air with 94.7 Fresh FM and cheered on the Nationals to beat the Mets 11-4.